New Venture Development Program

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The McGuire New Venture Development Program is open to UA undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study.

Students in this yearlong, team-based program learn the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation through the hands-on process of building an innovation from early-stage idea to launch-ready venture. Find out if the McGuire Program is right for you!

Learn the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation, which will empower you to develop a new way to thinking, a new way of learning, and a new model for action. By the time you complete the McGuire NVD Program, you will be armed with the skills necessary to become a game changer in any field.

The McGuire Experience:

  • Build a new venture from the ground up in one year
  • Team up with students from other fields of study
  • Work closely with experienced Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, legal advisors, industry experts and investors
  • Participate in new venture competitions

The McGuire Program will prepare you to:

  • Launch new ventures
  • Take leadership roles at startups
  • Do corporate entrepreneurship
  • Work at venture capital firms
  • Get competitive offers from top employers


All students admitted into the competitive-entry McGuire Program take Venture Development I & II 

Fall Semester: Venture Development I

Course Date/Time

Undergraduate Students: ENTR 487 New Venture Development & Industry Analysis

Graduate Students: ENTR 534 Industrial Analysis and New Venture Development 

Tuesdays (Section 1) 3:30- 4:45 p.m. (Section 2) 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Tuesdays (Section 1) 3:30- 4:45 p.m.

Spring Semester: Venture Development II

Course Date/Time


Undergraduate Students: ENTR 484 Development of New Venture Plans 

Graduate Students: MGMT 539 Planning of New Ventures 

Tuesdays 3:30- 6:15 p.m.

*New for Engineering Students: Some UA College of Engineering Departments now allows students to participate in the McGuire NVD Program in place of a senior design project. For more information, talk to your engineering advisor. 

Some students may elect to take additional coursework to receive an official status on their transcripts.

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